No. 42 NC State Wins 5-2 Battle Over Wake Forest
April 10, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After dropping the doubles point for only the third time in the ACC season, Wake Forest put up a fight in singles but came up short against NC State, falling 5-2 to the No. 42 Wolfpack on Tuesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
NC State (17-8, 3-6 ACC) picked up doubles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to take a 1-0 lead. The point was decided at No. 3 where Wake Forest's Conner Sherwood and Alex Tsai fought back from a 6-3 deficit and had a chance to serve for the match at 8-7, but their NC State opponents Dave Thomson and Sean Weber broke back and then took the ensuring tiebreaker 7-3 to earn the win.
Wake Forest's top duo of David Hopkins and Prabhakar, who jumped into the national doubles rankings at No. 48 Tuesday, extended their winning streak to four matches, defeating Robbie Mudge and Jaime Pulgar 8-7 (3) at the No.1 spot.
Adam Lee tied the score for the Demon Deacons (11-13, 2-7 ACC) at No. 4, gutting out a tough first set before cruising in the second for a 7-5, 6-1 win over Julian Sullivan.
Amogh Prabhakar gave the Deacons their first lead of the day at No. 3. Prabhakar took the first set over Austin Powell, but dropped the first two games of the second before exploding to win the next six, closing out a 6-4, 6-2 win that made the score 2-1 in Wake Forest's favor.
Sam Wells played a tough match with Wolfpack freshman Mudge at No. 5, but fell 6-3, 6-4, tying the match at 2-2. Tsai won the first set 7-5 over Thomson at No. 6, but when the gusty winds calmed, so did his opponent. Thomson went perfect through the next two sets, winning 5-7, 6-0, 6-0 to once again put the Wolfpack in front, with only the top two courts remaining.
Against No. 61 Pulgar at the No. 1 position, Danny Kreyman dropped a tight first set 7-5 and then battled back from a break down to force a second-set tiebreak. But in the tiebreak, Pulgar used his consistent baseline game to grind out a 7-3 win that clinched the match at NC State.
Dominic Hodgson picked up the Wolfpack's final point in a 10-point tiebreak at No. 2 singles, outlasting Hopkins 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7).
Wake Forest will return to action on Friday when it hosts No. 71 Clemson at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. The Deacons will then close out the regular season with a home doubleheader on Sunday, facing Georgia Tech at noon and Longwood at 5 p.m.
#42 NC State 5, Wake Forest 2